LIRR Supports 'Wyandanch Rising' Development
Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and dozens of other officials , along with Long Island Rail Road President Helena Williams helped to break ground July 16 for Wyandanch Rising, one of the most significant Transit Oriented Development initiatives on Long Island.
“Wyandanch Rising is a blueprint for future, walkable development on Long Island centered around a transit hub," said Williams, noting that the LIRR is also excited about proposed Transit Oriented Development projects in Hicksville, Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma, all in early planning stage.
Some 11 years in the planning stages, Gov. Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council designated Wyandanch Rising as a ‘transformative project’ and helped kick start the apartment and retail development, just north of LIRR’s Wyandanch station. The LIRR agreed to a land swap that helped make the project a reality. A new 900 car LIRR parking facility and new LIRR station building at Wyandanch are also planned as part of the project.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone hosted the ceremony in the LIRR parking lot at Wyandanch Station that drew community, elected, civic and private sector supporters, including , Congressman Peter King, Town of Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer, Long Island Association’s Kevin Law, Empire State Development President Kenneth Adams and other government officials, religious organizations and localactivists. Many of those present had worked for the last decade on Wyandanch Rising, which seeks to transform the most economically distressed area on Long Island into a vibrant mixed-use development.
The groundbreaking kicked off construction on the first of two apartment buildings that will be part of Babylon Town's 40-acre, $500-million public/private redevelopment.
The MTA and the Long Island Rail Road are playing a major role with plans to build an intermodal facility at Wyandanch Station that will provide additional parking capacity to accommodate ridership growth associated with planned service to Grand Central Terminal. MTA LIRR will also build a new Wyandanch Station building as part of the project.
"It’s a great example of a public-private partnership where town, county and state government worked together with private interests to actually get something done,” Williams added. “The LIRR is proud to be a partner in this effort and we look forward to serving more customers who will be able to quickly get into and out of the city from Wyandanch as well as to other points on the Island."
The Albanese Organization has been selected by the town as master developer of the project and it is two of its buildings, containing residential apartments and commercial space that will be going up first.